Delta Air Lines made this announcement:
- Delta and partners KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air bringing more flying to/from Boston
- New routes include Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Lisbon, Edinburgh and Seoul
The last 24 hours have brought two new international flights to Boston Logan International Airport, thanks to Delta joint venture partners KLM and Virgin Atlantic — setting the stage for an exciting year of growth and expansion for Delta in the Northeast.
KLM – Amsterdam
On March 31, KLM began flying between Boston and Amsterdam, adding to the two daily flights to Amsterdam already operated at Logan Airport by Delta. KLM CEO Pieter Elbers joined officials from Massport, Delta leaders, customers and employees at the airport in a ribbon-cutting ceremony ahead of the outbound flight across the Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic – London-Heathrow
And on April 1, Virgin Atlantic launched its daytime service from Boston to London-Heathrow – a morning departure that will better enable in-flight workday productivity for London-bound business travelers. Virgin and Delta together now offer three daily flights to Heathrow Airport from Boston.
Delta – Lisbon and Edinburgh
Later this spring, Delta will begin its own seasonal Boston service to Lisbon and Edinburgh, rounding out a full slate of new international destinations now directly accessible to Boston customers. Through this and an extended summer season to Dublin, by May Delta and its partners will offer the most international seats from Boston with flights to up to 19 international destinations — more than ever before.
Korean Air – Seoul-Incheon
A third partner, Korean Air, will start new service in Boston on April 12, when it begins nonstop flights to Seoul, one of the first additions to that joint venture’s transpacific network since Delta and Korean Air launched their partnership last May.
“We’ve been eyeing Boston for a long time and it makes sense, with our Delta joint venture, to start service there now,” said Korean Air’s Vice President of Marketing John Jackson. “Delta is growing fast in Boston and adding an Asia flight will help them solidify their position as Boston’s #1 global airline.”
This new Boston flying comes as Delta continues to reinforce its position as the city’s leading carrier and deepen its investment at Logan Airport and in the greater Boston community. Overall, the airline and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.
Delta has doubled domestic daily departures out of Boston since 2013 and this year will serve four additional domestic destinations — Cleveland, Chicago, Washington-Reagan, and Newark-Liberty — while also adding more frequencies in another seven key domestic markets. Overall, the airline and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.
In addition to Delta’s network growth, the airline is also investing in Boston in other ways. With Massport’s partnership, Delta plans to assume operations at all gates at Logan’s Terminal A by the third quarter of 2019, growing its airport footprint by five gates. Delta also plans by 2020 the expansion of one of its Delta Sky Clubs, including new showers, expanded seating and a reimagined food and beverage area.
KLM issued this statement:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines yesterday began operating flights to the city of Boston (BOS) in the United States. KLM will operate three flights weekly between Amsterdam and this new destination on the Northeast coast of the United States. Flights will be operated by a recently refurbished Airbus A330-300, offering capacity for 292 passengers.
The new KLM service to Boston comes in addition to the two daily flights between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Boston operated by Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM’s joint-venture partner on transatlantic routes.
KLM flights from Boston will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Airbus A330-300 flights will have 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 seats in Economy Comfort Class and 222 seats in Economy Class. From July 1, 2019, a fourth weekly flight will be operated on Mondays. The departure and arrival times are as follows:
- KL0617 departs from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 5:00 p.m. CET, arriving in Boston at 6:30 p.m. local time.
- KL0618 departs from Boston at 10:00 p.m. local time, arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport the following day at 10:35 a.m. CET.